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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Chicken Culprit" by Vikki Walton


GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY
Chicken Culprit
(Backyard Farming Mystery Book 1)
by Vikki Walton

Chicken Culprit (Backyard Farming Mystery Book 1) by Vikki Walton

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton is currently on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Get your copy now for only $0.99. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.
Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.
Yet, before Anne’s completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.
However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.
Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?


Excerpt
Anne pointed at a woman wearing a baby snuggly in her Tula wrap.
“I’d only seen white and brown eggs at my grocery store. But earlier today I saw some blue ones, some pink, and even some green eggs. How do you get those kinds of eggs and do they taste different than a white egg?”
Anne moved to the side of the stage where a dozen eggs were in a clear container. “Each of these eggs is a different color. Some”—she held up one—“even have spots on them. This is determined by the type of hens you have. For instance, if you want a brown egg, then your best choices would be something like a Rhode Island Red, a Wyandotte, an Astralorp, or Orpington.
Ameraucana or Aracaunas, or what some refer to as Easter-eggers, lay blue or green eggs.’’
A small hand shot up.
“Yes? You in the back.” She motioned to the small boy.
“Um, uh, how do you know if the eggs are good for you? I mean, you know, like, okay to eat? I mean, when you go to the store, you can trust they’re okay.”
“Good question. Thanks for asking.” The boy beamed at the praise.
“First, let’s start with the timing. When you go outside and retrieve eggs on a daily basis, those eggs are fresh. Eggs in the store can have taken up to five weeks just to get on your refrigerator shelf.”
Some people in the crowd gasped, and Anne heard, “Is that true?”
“It’s true. Look it up.” She smiled at the crowd.
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Praise for the Book
“If you're a fan of curling up with a quick, readable mystery, then you'll love Chicken Culprit. And if other books in this new Backyard Farming series are as entertaining as this debut novel, they will prove to be utterly enjoyable. Be ready to immerse yourself in small town living, complete with a few wayward and badly behaved chickens!” ~ Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily
“Reading this book really was a delight. I enjoyed this mystery wholeheartedly and I am really hoping there will be many more of these as a series. I loved the characters! The best part was the ending. The mystery was solved and then there was a sweet surprise at the end.” ~ Barbara Snyder
“Great character development and plot twists throughout. This book should encourage any reader to consider moving to a smaller town where people are real. I'm being careful to not fall into my compost pile after reading this book!... Looking forward to the next in the series.” ~ Bill
“Loved this cozy so much! Great mystery, small town living, with people you would love to have for neighbors. Beautifully written! Highly recommend to all cozy lovers!” ~ Karen Correll
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Chicken Culprit! It was a fun read. Anne was my favorite character as she started life over! It was funny and serious without knowing what would come next. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story. There was only one thing I didn't like...it ended!” ~ Judie C Harrell


Guest Post by the Author
Bountiful Farming in Your Backyard
While called various things, such as urban or suburban homesteading, backyard farming is growing in popularity. Backyard farming is a way to connect to your food source and to enjoy creating a mini-farm right where you live. Homesteading, in its original form, dealt with setting down stakes and creating a home and farm from scratch. While some may still do this, in many cases, the property (be it a condo or townhouse or a suburban plot) has the main infrastructure in place. Backyard farming is also a bit different from a patch of ground committed to some fruits or veggies in that there is a stronger emphasis on creating food structures throughout the entire property.
Growing plants that produce food can be as simple as some containers on a deck, raised beds along a fence, or the creation of food forest guilds on a typical suburban plot. Enjoying food that came from just outside your door is a wonderful experience.
Right after adding gardens, chickens are the number one area that people consider when adding to their backyard farm, and it’s for good reason.
Have you ever popped outside to grab some eggs for breakfast? Have you enjoyed sunny orange yolks so rich that they looked like you’ve added cheese to your dish? Do you have a desire to know how the hens laying those eggs are living?
If so, then you are a great candidate for raising chickens. Whether a small coop with bantams on a covered patio or a larger coop with run out in your suburban yard, chickens are considered the gateway to all things homesteading.
Eggs are often found in homes everywhere and are some of the main ingredients in many recipes. Not only can eggs be used in myriad ways, but the eggshells, which are full of calcium, can be crushed and placed on your houseplants and outdoor plants. The hens laying the eggs provide manure that can be added to compost that, once complete, can be added to garden beds. They also go after bugs and mice, keeping your yard pest-free.
Chickens are often kept for their eggs, while some people also keep meat birds. Chickens are an easy animal to care for and bring into your home environment. However, like any pet, they are a responsibility, so it’s best to do your research before taking on the challenge of chickens.
If you’re not up for chickens, you could consider becoming a bee guardian. Bees are an extremely important pollinator. If you don’t think you can handle all the ins and outs of being a beekeeper, you may be able to foster a hive in your yard. The beekeeper brings a hive, placing it in a designated spot, and all you really need to provide are some great flowering plants for nectar (that have not been sprayed with any chemical) and a water source. Then, when the beekeeper harvests the honey, you will receive some of the honey for allowing the hive in your yard. It’s a great way to have bees help with your garden pollination. Conversely, you could also take a class on beekeeping.
Finally, one of the best things to consider is learning about permaculture. Permaculture is a set of principles that focus on sustainable eco-systems, often around agriculture. Yet, they impact other areas of life as well.
Backyard farming has lots of potential for anyone who wants to engage more with nature and become a bit more self-sufficient. Check out your local homesteading groups or connect with others interested in backyard farming at Havensteader.


About the Author
Vikki Walton
Vikki Walton is a suburban homesteader aka the Havensteader. She has chickens, gardens, and bees and is a certified permaculture designer. She’s also the author of nonfiction books. She loves to travel, is a global house and pet sitter and, when not out in the garden or hiking in beautiful Colorado, is plotting her next mystery.






Giveaway
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Monday, April 16, 2018

"Everything We Lose" by Annette Oppenlander


REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Everything We Lose
by Annette Oppenlander


Everything We Lose by Annette Oppenlander is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Make sure you grab your copy for only $0.99 during the tour (ends 16 April). The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Two friends--one black, one white.
Torn apart by an attack gone wrong.
One escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery.
Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, Surviving the Fatherland author Annette Oppenlander delivers another stunning historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War--a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.
Tennessee, 1861. Fifteen-year-old farm boy Adam Brown would do anything to protect his friend Tip, a slave at the neighboring plantation - even if it means fighting Nathan Billings, the rich and obnoxious landowner’s son. But when it seems his attack has killed Nathan, Adam has no choice but to run away and join the Union Army under an assumed name. Together with Wes, a chatty soldier with a few secrets of his own, Adam embarks on a traumatic odyssey through the war-torn Midwest. As his soul darkens with the atrocities of war, all he wants is to go home. But in order to do that - if he survives - he must face his past.
Unbeknownst to Adam, sixteen-year old Tip is sold to a farmer who takes drunken pleasure in torturing his slaves. Tip quickly realizes that if he wants to survive he must run. Ahead lie hundreds of miles of unknown country, infested by slave owners, traders, starvation and cold. And so begins a journey of escape and recapture, of brutal attacks and unexpected kindness. When a rescue by the Underground Railroad goes terribly wrong, Tip finds himself caring for a pregnant runaway, his journey seemingly at an end. They have reached the Ohio River, a vast watery expanse impossible to cross. It is only a matter of time before roaming slave traders will pick them up - he will never see his mother and his best friend again.


Excerpt
His attention returned to the path winding its way through the patch of woods. Just like Adam, he loved the quiet, the rustling of birds and squirrels, and the coolness of the trees. The shadows were long and he knew he was late—later than he’d wanted to be. His stomach hitched with worry as he pushed his legs to go faster. He’d skipped the dinner hour to be with his friend and make it less obvious that he’d left. He was supposed to ask permission, but when Mama Rose had come running into the vegetable garden with the news about Adam’s Pa, he’d not thought twice.
At last he slowed down. In the dusk, the lights of the kitchen glowed softly, reminding him that he hadn’t eaten. This was his mama’s domain where she ruled and created her famous dishes. He was proud of what she’d accomplished and wanted to do just as well.
No, better. He pressed his lips together. For now he’d stay quiet. No point in talking about it with his mama and downright dangerous to mention it anywhere else.
“Where have you been, boy?”
Tip froze. Master Billings had an uncanny way of appearing out of nowhere. Despite his massive frame, he walked silently, reminding Tip of a stalking cat, ready to pounce and devour.
Billings senior twirled his cane, ready to spear a beast. “I was looking for you earlier. About that porch…”
“Yessir,” Tip said, bowing low. “I see Adam, just for an hour. He lost his Pa in the war and—”
“You left without permission? Wilkes said he didn’t know where you were.”
“Yessir. Sorry, Sir,” Tip stammered. “I meant to ask but Adam my friend and…” He cringed, knowing what was going to be next.
“And though you are clearly not allowed to leave the plantation, you left anyway?” Billings came to a stop next to Tip. “Bend over.”
His gaze on the kitchen window, Tip crouched low, hurrying to cover his head with his arms and hoping his mama wouldn’t glance outside as the walking stick crashed on his shoulder blades.
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Praise for the Book
“I fell in love with this book.” ~ Our Town Book Reviews
“Annette has done it again! She has written another great book one that will stay with me for a long time to come if not forever. If you are looking for a great book about the civil war and slavery that is right up there with Roots or Gone With the Wind then look no further as I think Everything We Lose will fit that category to a tee.” ~ The Avid Reader Blog
“This book is well researched, an easy read and covers the key opposing themes one wants to see in a Civil War novel - hope vs despair, love vs hate, friendship in the face of adversity, the importance of home and the need to journey away in order to really appreciate it. If you are a history lover, a Civil War buff, or just want to read a really good story, go for it!” ~ William C. Oris
“The author does a wonderful job describing actual events and brings reality to both characters. I strongly recommend this book …” ~ Scott Arquilla
“A compelling story set in the midst of the American Civil War. The author does not gloss over the horrors of war or the inhumanity of slavery. This is a story of faith, hope, and determination. Of coming of age during the most troubled time in American history. And most of all, it's a story of love and friendship that transcends race, politics, and distance. Annette Oppenlander has once again given us a historical page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” ~ jo

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Beginning in August 1861 and ending in November 1865, we follow the lives of Adam, a fifteen-year-old farm boy, and his friend Tip, a slave on the neighboring Billings plantation. An incident causes Adam to run away and join the Union Army, while Tip tries to escape to freedom. Each action has a consequence, and the decisions the boys make will affect their own lives and those of everyone around them.
The story is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Adam and Tip, providing two vastly different perspectives. The narrative is full of rich details about the homes, food, and lifestyles of the time. Through the story, the author highlights the terrible conditions, the inhuman treatment of slaves, and the horrors of war and makes it all the more real by incorporating actual historical figures and events into the plot. She doesn't assume any prior knowledge of the Civil War or of slavery and does a good job of explaining without lecturing. However, she does provide some background information at the end of the book. It’s interesting to note that, even though the war was fought over slavery, the soldiers themselves were considered the property of the army.
Terribly depressing throughout, it’s a good thing the story ends on a positive note.
Warnings: graphic violence, sodomy, animal cruelty, rape.

About the Author
Annette Oppenlander
Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past.
Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was elected to IWIC’s Hall of Fame, won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award and is a finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she recently returned to her home, Solingen, Germany where she lives with her husband and old mutt, Mocha.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon/B&N gift card.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"With This Click, I Thee Wed" by Bonnie R. Paulson


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
With This Click, I Thee Wed
(ClickandWed.com Series Book 1)
by Bonnie R. Paulson

With This Click, I Thee Wed (ClickandWed.com Series Book 1) by Bonnie R. Paulson

With This Click, I Thee Wed is the first book in the ClickandWed.com Series of standalone romances by Bonnie R. Paulson. This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


Description
“Uh, oh, what did I do?”
A lonely divorcee…
A rancher who can lose everything …
One website that matches them for marriage …
They have to learn about the importance of decisions and family or lose their one shot at love.
Stuck in a town where everyone knows her and her ex-husband, Rachel is distinctly aware of who chose his side – everyone – and who chose her side – no one. Even her hairstylist won’t schedule her.
But when she finds herself alone with a bottle of chianti and the internet, Rachel stumbles upon Clickandwed.com. The survey is easy and clicking “I Do” seems to be the magic button she’s been searching for.
Before she can snap out of her decision, she finds herself packed and flying across the country to meet her new husband.
Would her new life be better or worse than the hell she left behind?

Excerpt
Logan didn’t come into bed until well after the moon had reached its apex in the sky. I watched it ride the curve above the snow from my spot on the bed. The door closed downstairs and the muffled tick told me he’d made it home.
With my back to him, I hadn’t seen what he’d looked like when he crawled into bed, but the distance between us stretched like a canyon. Where had he been? Why hadn’t he called to tell me he was okay? Why hadn’t he answered my worried text messages?
When I woke up the next morning, he hadn’t been in bed or at the table for breakfast. Instead, an egg sandwich waited for me at my seat. I warmed it in the microwave while worry cooled my excitement to have him home.
I approached him in the barn after I ate. At least I knew he was home at that point. Kicking the snow with my boots as I got closer to the doors, I rubbed my lips together and searched for him on the initial barn floor. When I found him, he was spreading straw on the ground of the chicken pen he’d fixed up for the winter.
“Good morning, how are you?” I didn’t want to act nervous, or upset, or even worried.
He was a grown man, we shared house. There was nothing more to it. We’d set up a wall and neither of us was going to cross it. Our goals had to be reached with both of us working toward success.
Logan turned toward me, dark shadows under his eyes from the lack of sleep. “I’m good, thanks. Just getting to cleaning up the makeshift coop.” His smile wasn’t complete, and I felt like he was hiding more than just chicken poop in that wheelbarrow at his side.
“You were out late last night, was everything okay?” I offered a smile with my hands deep in my pockets. He didn’t have to tell me. I didn’t expect too much from him, but part of me was hurt that he’d keep secrets from me.
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Praise for the Book
“First, there is no cliffhanger!! That is important to me so I am assuming it is important to others as well. This is a very unusual story. it starts off with the heroine being recently divorced from her dirt bag, cheating, lying ex-husband. She has moved back home since she has nothing to show for the years of marriage – he got everything and she is depressed. She moved back in with the two people who should love her and support her no matter what. That is not the case. I have never seen two more hateful and unloving parents as these two. They belittle and do everything in their power to let her know she is nothing more than an embarrassment and a disappointment. It is very easy to hate these two.” ~ Gatorfan
“I will start by saying that I have not read a book by Bonnie R. Paulson that I did NOT like. I love the way she writes and I love the things she writes about. I find that when I read her books that I get pulled into them and can’t stop until I reach the ending.” ~ Sue Ann B
“Being afraid that happiness is something not for either of them, yet finding it. In the most delightful way makes this a fun read.” ~ Kindle Customer
“This is really a good book and Bonnie R. Paulson has a way with writing!” ~ Amazon Customer
“I loved this book. Bonnie R. Paulson is one of my favorite authors.” ~ Kindle Customer

About the Author
Bonnie R. Paulson
Real people, real loss, real love.
USA Today Bestselling author, Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth. With six children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She’s spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others.
Whether it’s a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now, the emotions will leave you story drunk for days, if not years. Feel good romances with sweet twists. Or is it Sweet romances with bold twists? You decide. You’ll be able to say where you were when you closed the book. Surviving all things real and coming out better on the other side.
Some of her favorite authors are Robyn Carr, Pamela Kelley, and Christine Kingsley!

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